It is clear that the vast majority of Americans are not being served by Congress, nor the policies which have set back human and civil rights throughout the world, and threaten all people with physical and institutional violence. Perhaps a government of, by and for the people was never a reality, but legitimate governments serve their people, and those which kill, exploit, impoverish, harm people deserve to be challenged. The Occupy Movement has risen in response to the most egregious crimes committed by Wall Street with the assistance of government. At the core of the problem are the inequities between the very rich, represented by major corporations, who have abused their power for their own enrichment and placed the burden and costs of their enterprises upon people and planet. I chose sides twenty years ago, the best outcome for the movement is for that tiny fraction of 1% to recognize their own humanity and join us. Until there is honest journalism, accountability, transparency, redirection of resources away from killing, controlling and towards healing, cooperation, truth, peace, justice, fairness, I will be working on the issues confronting the 99% to the best of my ability. I hope that this campaign inspires greater activism, participation, and more candidates to challenge the entrenched corporate incumbents; it is time for the 99% to organize and to occupy Congress!
Since September, I've recognized the absolute impossibility of being in more than one place at one time, as each day I have to choose between multiple conflicting events, as well as the demands of my body, friends, family, the weekly radio show... and content myself with never being able to "catch up" or do all the things that I wish I could do. In 2010 in California they changed the law to rid the ballot of third party candidates, and their voices. Now to get on the ballot, I need to collect 3000 signatures, in a few weeks, and get over 20,000 votes to beat the Republican, just to appear on the November ballot. It means a great amount of time and effort, and grassroots organizing. I wouldn't even think of doing it without my son, Jules, who has taken on the role of campaign manager, and I am enjoying working with him and hope that we can energize, mobilize, organize a lot of people and have a positive impact in 2012.
Our slogan, of course, is "Occupy Congress!" We still don't have the campaign website up and running, but we do have lots of blank petitions that need the signatures of registered voters. If you live in the new 18th Congressional District of California, and could lend a hand, it would be greatly appreciated. We're also planning a pre- Kickoff Organizing Party for volunteers, supporters, friends on Saturday, January 21, 2012, between 7 PM and 10 PM, at the clubhouse at 505 Cypress Point Drive in Mountain View. Please RSVP... (There's a map posted here. (Clarifying - Turn off of Moffett onto Cypress Point Dr. Just past the third driveway on the right is the clubhouse with a big sign that says "505 Cypress Point.") You probably missed a great, small, productive, fun party, but we will probably do it again. I would appreciate any support or encouragement that you can offer, including endorsements! Let me know, if you are interested in helping out, volunteering or coming to the next party!